Friday, October 23, 2015

"Write a blog"

When the Spirit speaks, you learn to listen and obey, because when we walk through life in the will of God we get to know true peace and joy! So, what is the Lord telling me today?

Holy Spirit: "Jessica, I want you to start a blog and use it to share how I'm working in your life."

Jessica: "Me? I'm terrible with words, are you sure you want ME to write a blog?"

Holy Spirit through His Word: "Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, "Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”"Exodus 4:10-12

Jessica: "Yes, Lord. Where You lead, I will go."

So, here is it. Giving God the glory.
(Full story of Moses can be found in the book of Exodus)


Sometimes God is subtle, He whispers truth, and sends a gentle wind to guide me. Sometimes I hear Him, but other times I let the hustle and bustle of life keep me from hearing His still small voice. Lately though, He's been speaking to me LOUD and CLEAR! I keep hearing the word forgive.
"Then Peter came to Him and asked, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?" "No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!" ~ Matthew 18:21-22

"The number seven often has a highly significant meaning in Scripture. In the book of Hebrews, the number seven is shevah, which comes from the root savah, which means "to be full, to be satisfied." The number seven often, therefore, speaks of a complete work (but not always). In this passage Christ is telling Peter, "Down here, the need to forgive never ends. You must forgive again and again and again." ~ The Storm Inside by Sheila Walsh

How do you forgive? Let's start by learning what unforgiveness is.

"Unforgiveness - Holding a debt over someone else. Not allowing for mistakes, carelessness, or weakness. Making someone pay for something Jesus already paid for." ~ Rebekah Royal WOW!!! Hard truth right there!

In Ephesians 4:32 we're told to forgive because we have been forgiven. "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

We are already forgiven, it's when we confess those sins that we can rejoice and be free in that forgiveness!

So how do we forgive others? "It feels really good when a friend forgives us after we have done something bad. We can be friends again and have fun together. When your friend asked you to forgive him (or even if they don't ask), remember how it feels to be forgiven, and forgive your friend. Jesus is our best Friend, and He ALWAYS forgives us when we do something wrong. Forgive friends and you will be more like Jesus." ~ Bedtime Devotions with Jesus by Johnny Hunt

Look back and remember all the things Jesus has forgiven you for, if you are like me, there is a lot!! Remember what it feels like to be forgiven. Remember that nothing and nobody (except Jesus) on earth is perfect. We have to allow room for imperfection in others, just as we would like to have others allow room for our imperfections. ~ Judy Reamer

In my flesh, I'm a bit of a grudge holder. I let small things pile up until I finally explode with frustration on the person who seems to be pushing my buttons. What the Lord has been teaching/reminding me, is that I am no longer to live in my flesh, but “in Christ as His new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). When Christ died on the cross, He didn't just die for my sins, He died for everyone else's sins too (including that button pressing person. Say what?!!) I've been reminded that our debt is paid. So when someone says or does something that hurts my feelings, I can "let it go, let it go" and give my hurt to God, remembering that he/she doesn't owe anything for that debt because Christ's blood already paid for it. Remembering that, makes it a lot easier not to hold onto the hurt and to be forgiving.